Characteristics.-Gallic acid is the well-known astringent,
derivative of Tannic acid,
obtained from galls or oak-apples. It is used in old-school practice
as a local application to arrest hmorrhages. A case is recorded
(H. W., xxviii. 502) in which the
application of an ointment containing Gallic acid, or the insertion
of a tannin suppository for piles, caused an attack resembling
hay-asthma, with an eruption of urticaria. The experience was
repeated several times before the cause was found out. This is
sufficient to show that Gall. ac.
is truly homopathic to pulmonary cases, in which it has been largely
used by the old school as well as the new. In pulmonary hmorrhage,
and in the excessive expectoration and the night-sweats of phthisis
it has been found of especial service. Marcy, of New York, has
recorded the case of a young lady who had a cavity in the left lung,
with copious purulent expectoration, night-sweats, evening fever,
pulse 130. Under the prolonged use of Gall.
ac. 1x she recovered her normal health except that the
left lung remained dull and she had great shortness of breath on the
slightest exertion. Her flesh, strength, and general appearance were
as when she was in perfect health. Bayles says it rapidly cheeks
secretions, gives general tone to the stomach, increases appetite
and removes constipation. This last must be a homopathic effect.
Gall. ac. is used in popular
practice to check excessive menstruation. Prominent symptoms in the
proving are: Weakness with irritability. Excessive dryness of mouth
and throat. Sense of contraction of anus. Jerking of limbs. Itching
Relations.-Compare: Quercus, Tannin., Bacil., Ars.
iod., Phos., &c. Phos. relieved pain in right lung.
1. Mind.-Wild delirium
at night; very restless; jumps out of bed; sweats profusely; afraid
to be alone; insists on constantly being watched; is exceedingly
rude and abuses every one, even his best friends; jealous of his
nurse and curses every one who speaks to her (a patient taking
massive doses for aneurism).
3. Eyes.-Photophobia and
burning itching of lids.
5. Nose.-Discharge thick
8, 9. Mouth and
Throat.-Gums sore l. side around decayed
tooth.-Dryness of mouth, fauces, and throat; with bad
taste in deep sleep and dreams at night.-Increased
roughness and secretion of phlegm in throat.
11, 12. Stomach and
Abdomen.-Appetite lessened; with astringent taste
in mouth at noon.-Slight nausea.-Stool
later than usual leaving smarting, aching, faint, sick, hungry, and
gnawing sensation in bowels, extending to stomach, with nausea
lasting most of afternoon.-Gnawing, faint sick
sensation in bowels and extending upward to stomach, with an
astringent sensation in same.
13. Stool and
Anus.-Sensation of contraction of anus, requiring
a greater effort for expulsion at stool, which comes at length in
bulk as if accumulated there.-Stool
delayed.-Smarting, esp. in rectum.
Organs.-Urine increased.-Some red
17, 18. Respiratory Organs and
Chest.-Pain in r. lung, lessened on lying down 9
p.m., not so severe in morning; < by coughing, yawning and full
inspiration.-(Cavity in l. apex; purulent
expectoration.).-Some aching middle and upper part of
lungs, more in l., extending through muscles of neck and r. shoulder
and down upper part of spine, <
moving and turning head, morning.